Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Little Chap Who Follows Me!


A careful man I want to be;
A little fellow follows me.

I do not dare to go astray
For fear he'll go the self same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whatever he sees me do, he tries.

Like me he says he's going to be;
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I'm so very fine,
Believes in every word of mine.

The base in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go
Through summer's sun and winter's snow,
I'm building for the years to be;
The little chap who follows me.

Have a Happy New Year

May this New Year, all your dreams turn into reality and all your efforts into achievements... May each day of the coming year be vibrant. Have a vivacious 2010 ahead.


1. Let us worry less and relax more.
2. Let’s take better care of our body, not to meet someone else's standards of weight or shape, but strictly in order for us to feel our best.
3. Let’s plant a tree for your great-grandchildren. While literally planting a tree is always a good project, I mean this suggestion symbolically. Let’s consider, in everything we do, how our decisions and actions will impact the legacy we leave for future generations. How can we leave our family, the political system, the environment, the whole world, better than we found it?

Have a happy and safe New Year, and enjoy a wonderful 2010.

Monday, December 28, 2009

We visited Callaway Gardens yesterday with a group of 40 people - relatives and friends.

Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is a thoughtfully planned and lushly landscaped setting at the foothills of The Appalachians. Callaway Gardens is 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and is open 365 days a year from 9 am to 5 pm. There is an admission charge. On 14,000 acres, Callaway Gardens consists of many areas for reflection and recreation. A place to make hearts and wings flutter, the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens is a glass-enclosed tropical conservatory for living butterflies that also hostsneo-tropical hummingbirds.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

We visited Atlanta Swaminarayan Mandir today

This is a place of paramount peace. It is also a center vibrant with social, cultural, and spiritual activities.

The Mandir was inaugurated in August of 2007 after only 17 months of construction time utilizing 1.3 million volunteer hours. The Mandir is comprised of 3 types of stone - Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone.
More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled in Lilburn like a giant 3-D puzzle

Friday, December 25, 2009

Rosa Parks, American Civil Rights Pioneer



"When he saw me still sitting, he asked if I was going to stand up, and I said, ‘No, I’m not. ‘And he said, Well, if you don’t stand up, I am going to have to call the police and have you arrested. ‘I said, ‘You do that."
~Rosa Parks

New Beginnings


Wishing our friendship continues to grow in the days to come:
Ring out the old, ring in the new.
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer,
With never a thought of sorrow;

The old goes out, but the glad young year
Comes merrily in tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We visited Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta GA

Happy to know standards and principles that they value and live by' These are:

To foster a collegiate, comradeship atmosphere where everybody's opinion is respected, and a free exchange of ideas, learning from each other, and mutual help are encouraged;
To foster a creative atmosphere where non-mainstream and highly original approach to research is sought after, and bold and independent thinking is emphasized;


To foster an atmosphere of academic rigor where the high quality research is only acceptable
.

Friday, December 04, 2009

To have joy one must share it - Happiness was born a twin: Lord Byron


Good looks depend on one’s sense of humour. Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us. A light heart lives long. There is little success where there is little laughter. Hobbies provide good balance between work and play for those who are intensely bent upon success toward their goal. Those who face life with a feeling of security are much happier than those who face it with a feeling of insecurity.

Thought For The Day


Happiness consists in activity; it’s a running stream, not a stagnant pool: Briggs

If you want to be happy,
Begin where you are,
Don’t wait for some rapture
That’s future and far.

Begin to be joyous, begin to be glad
And soon you’ll forget
That you ever were sad.

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. Happiness consists in activity; it’s a running stream, not a stagnant pool: Briggs

Fight on my dear self, fight on.
Life is a struggle; do not shirk struggle,
Enjoy the sweetness of life but do not stop,
Struggle, fight on my dear self.
Do not entertain fear for fear is death,
The world will frighten you,
But fight on, dear self, fight on
- Tolstoy

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I love you for that part of me you bring out...


I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.

I love you not only for what you have made of yourself,
but for what you are making of me.

I love you for that part of me you bring out.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

I Have Participated in SpeechCraft -Toastmasters International Club

Helen Rusich was a coordinator and Willard Robitaille was club president at EMCN 2009

The world is my country. To do good is my religion. Bring words to life every day, That brings us a great joy.


Freedom - Robert Frost

Freedom lies in being bold. He who is brave is free. The secret of happiness is freedom. Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Success is knowing you are running your life; it isn’t running you.

Success is having time for work and play.
Success is knowing you controlled the wise use of your resources.
Success is knowing you have done your best.
Success is knowing your future expenditure will be paid for by future income.
Success is knowing failure is simply an event that is part of your successes.
Success is taking personal responsibility for your victories and your failures and not being overwhelmed by either.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Where the mind is without fear....


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-lasting thought and action...
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Exercise


Exercise’ means nothing more than moving our body.
Brisk walking is a great form of exercise.
Physical activity at work contributes to lowering the risk of colon cancer.

Take a flight of stairs instead of elevator. Take the family for a walk two or three evenings a week, instead of turning on the TV. Mow your own lawn. Rake your own leaves. Push your own snow blower. Exercise your imagination.

There are thousands of things you can do to increase physical activity and reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Add more of the ‘exercise of daily living’ to your life.

Even simple walks near our residence, playing with our children in a park, etc is exercise and will be beneficial.

We don’t have to join a club to participate in exercise that will reduce our risk of chronic disease. Even leisure-time walking has been shown to reduce inflammation, and adding dietary supplementation provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thought For The Day


All truly wise thoughts have been thought already, thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take firm root in our personal experience.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I Live ....


I live for those who love me;
For those who know me true;
For the cause that lacks assistance,
For the wrong that needs resistance,
For the future in the distance,
And the good that I can do.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Autumn

I like spring, but it is too young.
I like summer, but it is too proud.
So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow, its tone mellower, its colors richer, and it is tinged a little with sorrow.

Its golden richness speaks not of innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and is content: ~Lin Yutang

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Life Belongs to Whole Community


I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatsoever I can. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me, but a sort of torch which I have got hold of, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations: George Bernard Shaw

Potana was one of the greatest Telugu poets of the 15th century. His full name was Bammera Potana. Potana and his parents Kesanna and Lakshmamma lived in Bammera, Warangal in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Potana was an agriculturist by occupation and very polite by nature and he never hesitated to work as a farmer.

At a very young age Potana composed ‘Bhogini Dandakamu’ a poem in praise of King Singa Bhoopal’s concubine Bhogini. The second composition of Potana was ‘Virabhadra Vijayam’ which explains the adventures of Virabhdra son of Lord Shiva. He also translated Vyasa Sanskrit Bhagavatham into Telugu and dedicated to Rama. He kept himself away from the courts of the kings and led a very simple life.

The great Telugu poet Yogi Vemana


Vemana was a telugu poet. He composed numerous poems in Telugu in Aata Veladhi metre which consists of four lines. They end with the signature line Viswadhaabhi Raama, Vinura Vema, literally Beloved of Vishwadha, listen Vema.

Vemana's poems were collected and published by C.P.Brown in the 19th century. His poems are of many kinds, social, moral, satirical and mystic nature. All of them are in Ataveladi. his poems deal with social problems and sometimes propose solutions too. This is a good wisdom poems. It is very famous in Telugu. He has written 100 poems. So it is called Vemana satakam. each poem is a lesson of life.

Beautiful Night

Oh! Sweet beautiful is night
When the silver moon is high,
And countless stars, like clustering gems,
Hang sparkling in the sky,
While the balmy breath of summer breeze comes
Whispering down the glen and pond a voice heard -
Oh! Night is lovely then.

- Barham

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sri Sri (1910-1983)


Srirangam Srinivasarao or Sri Sri (1910-1983) was a popular Modern Telugu Poet and Lyricist. Sri Sri was the first true modern Telugu poet to write about contemporary issues that affected day-to-day life of a common man in a style and metre which were not used in classical Telugu poetry.

He rocked the Telugu literature world with his Maha Prasthanam (literally - a great journey), an anthology of poems -- one of his major works. He was also a major radical poet.Sri Sri had written songs to about 42 Telugu films between 1952 - 1982.

Do not close your mind to new possibilities, new ideas and new hobbies: Arina


We are not usually born knowing exactly what would we like to do. Like tiny puzzle pieces, we put together our interests, hobbies, bits of knowledge, different talents and skills to get the whole picture and discover our true passion. After this the next ultimate challenge is to figure out how to make money by doing what you love to do.Every time we try something new, we get a better understanding of our likes, abilities, skills and character.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Meaningful Human Connections Keep People Happy!

“More than any other human problem,
Loneliness, the absence of meaningful human connection,
Drains the joy and sense of purpose from our lives.

It explains why people go to shopping centers
Who have no intention of shopping ...
They just need to be somewhere where other people are,
Hoping that among the hundreds of strangers passing by,
They will find one familiar friendly face.

It explains why people come home from work or school
and immediately switch on the television.
They are not interested in the program; much of time,
They do not even know what is on.
But they are desperate for the sound
Of another human voice in their lives."

--- Harold Kushner

Friday, November 20, 2009

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent: Eleanor Roosevelt

Who has confidence in himself will gain the confidence of others. Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Today, there is an explosion of information

Just as a magnet picks up only objects made of iron, so also if our mind is charged with a set purpose, it picks up only those bits of information which are useful in our efforts to achieve the set purpose of our life. Soon we will have a very wide information base in our chosen field. That information base will be our wealth!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We refuse to accept political boundaries that divide the earth.


Love is a great investment. Let’s treat our friends like family and family like friends.

Let ordinary people meet by the millions across borders. Let them create a universal network of love and friendship.

One day, there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags, and no countries and only passport will be the heart. We refuse to accept political boundaries that divide the earth.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Culture of Peace

Extending social and economic development throughout the world and eliminating nuclear weapons from military arsenals are two fundamental prerequisites to replacing the culture of war with culture of peace, and building true security for the entire world’s people.
- Douglas Roche, O.C a Canadian for peace and human security-

Chinese Proverbs in Public Speeches

A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time:
~Mencius.

Obama borrowed words from ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius to underscore the importance of resolving disagreement between the two nations through talks.

Hillary Clinton said: "When you are in a common boat, you need to cross the river peacefully together," to suggest how Washington and Beijing should work together to overcome the current economic crisis.
Nov. 16, 2009.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Touch a Child's Life

"Whoever touches the life of a child
touches the most sensitive point of a whole
which has roots in the most distant past
and climbs toward the infinite future . . .
the vital and delicate point where all can be renewed,
where all is pulsating with life . . ."
~Maria Montessori

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Think them over


1. When we are working with children, we have to park our egos and political colours at the door and get to work.


2. The illiterate of 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.


3. He, who refreshes others, will himself be refreshed. When we are connected to others, we become better people.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Today's progress was yesterday's plan.

The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; Each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Strong convictions precede great actions. We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.

The clearer you are on what you want, The more power you will have. Love is life. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, Of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.

Example is leadership. A smile on the face is a sign that the heart is at home. Today's progress was yesterday's plan.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Create Your Future


The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity.

The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. -John Schaar.

Friday, November 06, 2009

The mother's heart is the child's school room.

Mothers are the pivot on which the family spins, Mothers are the pivot on which the world spins. The mother is the most precious possessions of the nation, so precious that society advances its highest well-being when it protects the functions of the mother. A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality - I thought of that while riding my bicycle..

The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off.

To keep your balance you must keep moving. Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls - Mother Teresa

We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How does multiculturalism benefit Canadian Society?·


“Civilizations will be judged the way they treat minorities.” M K Gandhi

How does multiculturalism benefit Canadian Society?·
* Economically, it makes us stronger and more competitive.·
* Socially, it makes sure everyone can feel at home in Canada and ...brings people together as equal and active citizens.·
* Culturally, it broadens our perspectives and contributes to our distinctive Canadian identity.·
* Internationally, it strengthens Canada’s reputation and influence in the world.

Happy Diwali

We are celebrating Diwali with friends in Edmonton today. Wish you all enjoy this wonderful 'Festival of Lights', a great gift to our multiculturalism from India. Fill your life with love and light and prosperity.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

DARE TO DREAM


A couple of days back I received an email from my former instructor at Campbell College enquiring about my whereabouts and what I was doing now? I told her that my passion for learning is continuing and that I am taking a “Speech-craft Course”. I also told her that I would be delivering my first 5-6 minute speech. She was delighted and wished me the best of luck.

So here I am, making my first speech – part of the Speech-craft Course to improve my communication skills, to organize my thoughts, to speak in front of audiences, and convey my message clearly, effectively and meaningfully.

My assignment is to introduce myself. The purpose is to provide you a brief biography of myself and share my life.

I am dividing my presentation in four different parts: Early childhood and youth; employment and raising a family; moving to Canada; and my current activities.

1. Early Childhood and Youth:

I come from a remote village in southern India, where I was born and brought up. There was no local school until 1947. The country was under the British rule. So at the age of seven I started studying in a school established after India became independent. After completing my junior high school, I moved to the nearest town where I graduated with a Higher Secondary Diploma in the year 1959. Then I joined the Arts & Science College in Warangal for my pre-university course. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in the year 1966. In 1971, I completed my Bachelor of Education degree.

2. Employment and Raising a Family:

I married Vijayalakshmi in the year 1968. I was already working as a High School teacher at that time.

My wife, Vijayalakshmi and I have three children. We call them our sweet Three Aparna, Ajay and Anupama were my students in a school where I was working. All the three children proceeded for higher education and are now successful in their careers as scientists and software developers. They specialized in their training, selected partners of their choice and eventually moved to North America.

3. Moving to Canada:

After my retirement, my wife and I moved to Edmonton to be close to our children and grandchildren. One of the reasons I wanted to come to Canada was the people. I have found the people here are extraordinarily kind and friendly. I would like to think I have those qualities as well. I would also like to think my personality and my continuing contributions appeal to them.

4. My Current Activities:

I am an active person, a player and not a spectator. This has been my dream. As result of my passion, I have been involved with many people and groups. Soon after my arrival in Edmonton, I joined the Andhra Cultural Association, Edmonton Ankur Multicultural Association for Performing Arts and the New Democratic Party of Alberta. To reach my full potential and to fulfill my responsibilities, I have completed various courses, namely LINC and the Administrative Professional Diploma. I am now enrolled in Speech-craft course.

In NDP, I have met several committed individuals with similar interests and values. They have all inspired me and are enabling me to stick with my vision. I dream for a just society. People like Bob Price, Charan, Cynthia and Bohdan and others are unique people on our team whose encouragement helps me in my daily life and in the pursuit of my dreams. I personally share their social democratic principles and their strong belief in equality and social justice.

What do I expect to acquire from these new experiences? I should be in a position to accept a leadership role if situation demands. I hope I will reach that potential with the help of my associates.

I believe in dreaming big. I had dreamt of my children’s success and happiness. I had dreamt of coming to Canada. Many of my dreams have materialized. Now I have some advice to give to others in my position.

Dare to dream! Dare to fulfill and dare to conquer! Start dreaming big building foundations. Dream big because dreams do come true.

Thank you

Somayya Kasani

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Very sad news - Balagopal is no more





Dr. Balagopal is ordinary individual who lead an extraordinary life:
“I won't let a little thing like having no body to go with stop me from going to the beach... ”: Dr. K. Balagopal

We can lead either of two kinds of lives: An ordinary life or an extraordinary life. When we lead an ordinary life, we move along with the current of your desires, preoccupied in fulfilling our own goals, aims and agendas. Ordinary beings are only conscious of their own life. Extraordinary beings are conscious of their life and are also constantly aware of their fellow beings lives.

Where ever you go, go with all your heart...


The heart is forever making the head it's tool. A person's world is only as big as their heart is.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. The best relationship is the one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Helen Keller

Helen Keller, born in Tuscumbia in northwest Alabama, learned to speak at the age of 10 by putting her hands on Sullivan's mouth when she talked. She eventually graduated from Radcliffe College, then the women's branch of Harvard University, and became a prolific author and speaker who was endowed with numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She died in 1968.

The statue of Helen Keller will be "a wonderful addition" to the National Statuary Hall.